Missouri River Montana Winter Fishing Report 1.24.15

Nice weekend upon us here in central Montana. Highs in the 40’s & 50’s, winter-time and the livin’ is easy.

It may be windy. Highs reaching 54F on Sunday with winds to 20. Good time to step outta the house and fish a little.

The walleye bite is said to be good, and bad, and mediocre depending on who you speak with. You gotta go to know! We got the Walleye Fly Stuff at the store. And some info?

The Rainbow bite? Good to great. Nymphing is the most common practice with the pink shit leading the pack. Big or small. But they gotta be near the bottom. Mostly slow ass waters but do not disregard some medium slow either. Fish it a little if you wish and see what happens.

Most of the activity near the dam. Seem familiar? Yep, if you want some sort of winter solace you gotta go below. WC, Craig, and even downriver of Craig have been common put-ins this winter. The trend should lean that same direction for some time.

Water temps in the 34F and below sector. Damn cold. Last couple winters we had temps in the 36F+ range for most of the winter.


Swingers out and catching some fish. Buggers, Skiddish Smolts, White Scuplins, Zonkers, Leeches, Kreelex have all been good.

Strippers getting fish too as they dead-drift the bugger/streamer and just keep tight on it. Really not stripping…more like holding and watching and feeling and knowing.

Dry fly? No not really. But some fish near the surface and some fish caught on tiny droppers. Not a bad idea to try a bigger attractor like Griffith’s Gnat or a Buzzball or an Adams.

Shop open daily for all your winter trout fishing needs. Info too.

Cabins for rent starting @ 125. Stop in and stay a while. Craiglodging.com

A couple spring items you may need in your travels. THe YETI Hopper Soft Sided Cooler is key for beginning th eyear out right. Why not fish and work in style and comfort with these KAST Raptor Gloves. Soft and fuzzy on the inside with thumb and forefinger cut offs for feel of the line. Nice. Both in stock and available on line too!



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